$305,900  Meridian, Idaho
Location, location, location! This is right downtown Meridian; close to the freeway for easy access to any part of the valley. New roof and new siding in 2022. BTVA
Call Sandy Post 208-867-9736

$2,495  Nampa, Idaho
Elegant and pristine, this 2021 single-level home boasts three bedrooms, two bathrooms, office/flex room, tandem three-car garage, and is fully fenced with no direct neighbors behind. Enjoy the expansive ceilings, luxury plank vinyl floors, raised heart fireplace, gourmet kitchen (slab granite, double ovens, stainless refrigerator, dishwasher, & pantry), close proximity to shopping, entertainment, and the I-84. All this and so much more. Welcome HOME...
Call Taylor Jackson 661-755-0663

$569,500  Star, Idaho
VA Assumable Loan! Spacious home in a desirable neighborhood. This open-concept split bedroom floor plan is perfectly designed to live, work, and entertain. The spacious kitchen features a large island, generous counter and storage space, and a large pantry. With a split bedroom floor plan, the large master suite is a perfect retreat, and comes with a separate tub and shower, dual vanities, and expansive walk-in closet. You'll enjoy being cozy inside around the gas fireplace, or spending time under the covered patio in the backyard. The 4th bedroom can flex into a great space for a home-office, studio, or media room. The spacious 3-car garage gives you all the parking and tinkering space you'll need, and you will enjoy the large up-stairs bonus room. In the brand-new Owyhee High School attendance area, and conveniently located to the city-life and rural recreation.
Call Robert Smith 208-490-1645

$499,900  Boise, Idaho
Single level Ted Mason home in Hazelwood Village. East facing backyard with common area directly behind. Extra deep two car garage. Abundance of cabinets with a open split bedroom floor plan. Excellent property.
Call Matthew Schweiger 208-440-9191

$888,900  Boise, Idaho
casita home single level courtyard 3 car garage + extra single car garage single car has man door that comes into the casita casita has granite tile bathroom 17x14 casita room has own hvac $3,000 system Daikan split entering courtyard left to casita, or straight to the main home, where french doors lead to the office. stone fireplace to ceiling cabinetry both sides fireplace custom gourmet kitchen true split-bedroom floorplan perfect for in-law quarters over 10,000 sqft lot south facing yard over fence winter's run common area, a gravel road alongside irrigation ditch, then back of acreage properties. keywords: fun, different, elegant, unique, airy hand-textured walls 8' doors pre-wired for television garage walls insulated
Call Matthew Schweiger 208-440-9191

$3,850  Boise, Idaho
This is a beautiful home located in a lovely Boise foothills cul-de-sac only 15 minutes from downtown Boise. The house is 2491 sq ft. with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a great room, office (or den), and a bonus room. Hardwood floors in the kitchen, a 3-car garage, dual vanities in the master bathroom, and a stunning neighborhood with walking trails, gardens, community pools, and so much more make living in this home a wonderful experience!
Call Taylor Jackson 661-755-0663

$37,500  Garden City, Idaho
1972 Gentry 2/1. Unit is in a professionally managed, solid park. Inexpensive lot rents ($500 month, includes water, sewer and trash) means very low vacancies. Centrally located, one block from bus route and the Greenbelt. Park approval required. Please do not disturb tenant. Unit 5 is also for sale.
Call Sherry Tarrant 208-369-0815

$650,000  Arco, Idaho
What an opportunity! Although The Golden West Cafe was rebuilt on the edge of town in 1989, it has been an Arco icon since the late 1940's. Always locally owned and a favorite, not only by the local patrons but those who have traveled US-20 for decades. This is a rare opportunity of property & business combined into a smooth continuation of operation, ready for fresh ideas, or an entirely new concept. The east section of the restaurant has a banquet room for private parties that has recently had the start of a remodel converting it into living space giving you both a restaurant & living quarters under one roof!
Call Tia Dowdle 208-631-1396

$3,400,000  Nampa, Idaho
This Prime acreage in Southeast Nampa with the potential to be subdivided is full of opportunity! Approx. 62 +/- acres located in area ideal for Single Family Residential 1-2.5 acre parcels. Great location close to schools, amenities & city center. Irrigation water way runs through center of property for added aesthetic potential for new development. On a clear day you'll have views of the entire valley, the Boise Front, and Owyhee Mountains. Near Idaho's wine country and outdoor recreation. Several access points. Flanked at South side by a beautiful acreage community of custom homes. Up-and-coming area. GREAT OPPORTUNITY!
Call Marty Siebertz 208-336-9600

$3,200,000  Eagle, Idaho
This is THE premium building lot in Eagle, Idaho. If you've been looking for a truly exceptional property to build your dream home, this is it! Dignified and prestigious, this 40-acre rolling foothills parcel offers a very secluded feel, yet is just minutes from the upscale dining and boutique shops of downtown Eagle. Breathtaking views and an incredible setting. Nestled in the foothills, and easily accessible via a meandering-road lined with acreage estate properties. ALSO, if you prefer, explore as a potential development opportunity with possible split into four ten-acre lots. This 40 acre parcel is adjacent directly North of the lots shown in this unbranded video: https://bit.ly/3WEJwhL Call today for more details or to arrange a showing. Please do not access property without an appointment. Thank you.
Call Steve Barbey 208-724-8169
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Are you ready?


Hey, first time homebuyers, get ready for a great buying season this spring. With interest rates possibly down into the fives and property values down at least 10+ percent now is the time to put your best foot forward and go and make that offer.

You’re going to want to use an experienced agent who knows how to use this new environment for your benefit. We can get closing costs, money to buy interest rates down and repairs. These types of benefits have been rare these last few years.

Val Gray

Boise loves it parks!


The city of trees, also known as Boise, Idaho enjoys a beautiful river running through it alongside the ever-popular Greenbelt. This stretch of river is home to cycling, walking, running, fishing and more and it connects to a number of community parks that are all named for women who have a leadership history in this community. A few of our favorite places to enjoy are these four parks located within the city. We encourage you to explore the many others such as Kristen Armstrong Park, Cherie Buckner Webb Park, Ester Simplot Water Park, Bernadine Quinn and Marianne Williams park. We are a city proud of the women who have called this city their home.

Kathryn Albertson Park The public park system running through the middle of Boise has been dubbed “String of Pearls”, and its nine riverside parks are known collectively as the “Ribbon of Jewels.” The acreage comprising all nine existing parks and future park sites found in the Ribbon of Jewels were deeded to the city by families and named for the families’ esteemed matriarchs. Doug Holloway says, “It’s an honor because it shows the proud ownership each of those families have in the city to be able to do that.” Just as the Boise River unites these parks, the women themselves are linked by their love and appreciation of Boise. Each of these women saw their future in this city, and they worked hard for the majority of their lives to be able to give back to the community they grew to hold so dear. In return, their families chose to honor them with a park- a commemoration as great as the women themselves.
Julia Davis Park The history of Boise’s park system really begins with Tom and Julia Davis. Tom was one of Boise’s founding citizens, meeting Julia when she visited from Ontario with a friend’s family. They married in 1871. As Boise grew, so did its need for a park, but the expense to taxpayers was a major obstacle in developing it. Citizens tried to convince city council to establish a park by identifying possible locales for development, one of which was a 40-acre parcel of land on the north side of the Boise River owned by the Davises. In 1899, Tom offered the land to the city free of charge, but the gesture was hardly welcomed with open arms. Critics feared it would be too costly for the young city to convert a swampy patch of land prone to flooding into a stately park. His offer was turned down. Julia did not live to see the Boise City Council finally accept Tom’s land offer. She is rumored to have contracted typhoid fever from a sick traveler, and passed away in September of 1907. Shortly after her death, the city purchased the land from Tom for one dollar under the condition that it would “always and forever be used for public purpose” and henceforth be known as Julia Davis Park.

Anne Morrison Park Following the successful development of Julia Davis, Boise’s flagship park, in the early 1900s, Harry Morrison wanted to create a similar tribute to his wife Ann after she passed away in 1957. R.J. Brown, Jr. said, “He envisioned a living memorial to the woman who shared with him the trials of Morrison-Knudsen’s struggling infancy and the tribulations of its ultimate success.” In only ten months, Harry converted a large stretch of swampy, river-bottom land into a 153-acre tribute to his late wife. When describing the exquisitely landscaped grounds, which include 2,000 trees and shrubs, 30,000 smaller shrubs and perennials, 20,000 flowering annuals, and a magnificent reflecting pool and fountain, local publications said it called to mind the Tuileries Gardens and Taj Mahal. But it was never intended to be a “keep-off-the-grass” park. Strategically placed amidst the impressive landscaping are sports fields, picnic areas, a playground, and a boating and watersports area. The Harry W. Morrison Foundation spent well over a million dollars developing the park before deeding it to the city in June of 1959. The day of the dedication ceremony, 46 flags were flown for every country Ann had visited. Thousands of Boise residents were in attendance, remembering the woman known for her friendliness and generosity. A gilded bronze medallion engraved with Ann Morrison’s likeness was unveiled at the end of the ceremony that read: “She knew the shrines, the people, the cities of far away lands…yet dearest of all was this her home, the place she knew as Boise the Beautiful.”

Kathryn Albertson Park The city has done such an outstanding job maintaining its parks system that it does the Ribbon of Jewels’ namesakes proud. Boise Parks and Recreation director Doug Holloway says, “We have a vision to make Boise the most livable city, and maintaining our parks system keeps us marching toward that goal. Our mayor and city council look to us in the parks department to maintain quality of life for the city and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously.” As federal funding is generally not available to help cities develop and maintain parks, it is interesting to note that Boise continued to develop and improve the parks system during the economic downturn of 2008. “Our mayor said he did not want to go backwards. We had to cut a lot of things, but we knew it was important to maintain and increase the service level with our parks, even during the downturn.” State of the art playground equipment, finely manicured lawns and horticulture, walking paths, benches, game courts, and a generally spotless appearance are typical of all of Boise’s parks. The parks have become a community asset. They bring people and businesses together, and they attract others to the Boise area, not unlike the women behind the Ribbon of Jewels.

Contributions for the article were made by the Boise Parks and Recreation.
Marty Siebertz & Joe Devlin

What do I do for a living...?


Anyone that has been in the real estate business for more than a minute, can attest to the fact that you meet some unusual people, and you see some unusual things on any given day. This is especially true for any of us that have been in the business long enough to have survived the era of short sales and bank-owned properties. I doubt that my experiences are substantially different from those of my colleagues, in that regard.

We've all seen (and still see) homes in states of disrepair or neglect, as well as properties suffering from blatant abuse and vandalism. Of course there are also the homes that we are utterly in awe of, those out-weighing the former, thankfully. Yes, we get to show and list beautiful homes. Where I believe we differ, is in the deeply personal connections that we make with the clients we serve. We all have those clients we were able to help in a profound way, and we all have our stories, each as unique as the people in them. Here are a couple of mine.

Take "Jim", for instance. Jim was a gentleman on disability, as he had many health issues and was trying to get assistance from the state to pay his medical bills. He was quite ill and had to move out of state to a medical facility, and left his house for me to sell "as is". First, know that this was a bachelor pad, but not in the swanky black leather couch and dogs playing poker on velvet art, kinda way, but in the loads of deferred cleaning (greasy) and maintenance kinda way. Because I have a stager's brain and take a great deal of pride in anything that I put my name on, "as is" just didn't work for me, thus I spent a ton of time cleaning, repairing and de-junking. The home sold the first day with multiple offers, for about $30,000 over our original estimate (back in 2017, no less)!! Even better, it was sold to a woman whose fortysomething husband had just had a stroke and she needed a single level home. Additionally, she had a baby on the way. That may have been one of my happiest and most karmic transactions. Blessings all around!! I shed happy tears for a buyer that wasn't even mine! Super happy seller, super happy buyer.

Another memorable transaction was with a seller that I call "Mary". Mary was an intelligent young woman, graduate of a prestigious university and wise enough to have purchased a home in her twenties, but she tragically found herself in an abusive relationship. She wanted to leave the bad stuff behind and enlisted my help to sell her home. Other than the usual cleaning and staging that I alway recommend, Mary's house was pretty easy to sell.....pending in two days with multiple offers. What I couldn't do is to put a price tag on the financial security that allowed her to distance herself from the abuse. What, exactly, is that worth?

Lastly, there was "Jane". Jane had been trying to sell her deceased mother's home on the Snake River for six months. She had no income and both she and her son had some major health issues. She had an agent friend, who was trying to bring her a buyer without putting the home on the market. With no real action in sight, Jane was getting nervous and desperate. This property was a manufactured home with a well and septic, and also had special financing requirements because of foundation certification. It was on 2 acres with a view of the river and I felt that the other agent had significantly undervalued the potential sales price, perhaps because of the "inside deal" she was trying to broker with a buyer? At any rate, there were lots of moving parts, lots of research to be done, none of which her agent friend had done up to that point. Suffice it to say, once I was able to secure the listing, we closed within 40 days, even though so many inspections/reinspections were required in a transaction like this one. Jane was ecstatic as many bills got paid and she and her special needs son were able to ride away in her new RV, with more cash than she had anticipated.

These are just a few of my "close to my heart" transactions. I have made MANY more new and lasting friendships in my 12 years in real estate, but these are just a few that I know I have helped in some small way. I know my fellow agents have similar stories and I would encourage you all to reflect on those every now and again, especially when someone asks you what you do for a living.

Yes, I sell houses. Sometimes I sell dreams. Occasionally, I believe that I help provide a little financial security for those in need. Every now and then, I get to show a pretty house.

Lori Venable

What is CMA, and why do you need one?


A CMA in real estate is short for a Comparable Market Analysis. It's a way for a real estate professional to find the value of a property by comparing it to other similar properties that have recently sold, are pending, and are currently for sale. This is different than an appraisal as an appraisal is done by a licensed appraiser for a fee. Commonly an appraiser is hired by a mortgage lender to determine if the value of the home meets the contract price. A CMA on the other hand is done by a real estate professional (usually at no cost) for determining the value of a home for a client. When a real estate professional is preparing a CMA they often look at criteria similar to the subject property such as age of home, square footage of home, location, size of lot, number of bathrooms and bedrooms, and number of levels. The more things in common the comparable home has with the subject home in these major areas the more accurate the value will be. Homes that have sold in the past 3 months will generally be the best indication of value because that is what homes actually sold for, however pending and active homes can also give indications of where the market is heading which can be helpful as well.

Why is getting a CMA important? An accurate CMA can help a potential seller determine the right asking price. Every seller wants to get the most out of selling their home as possible. However, pricing the home too high can backfire and lead to an overall decrease in profits in the end. Therefore, knowing what comparable homes have been selling for and what current asking prices are can greatly aid in choosing the best list price. CMA's can also help potential buyers determine if the home they are interested in is priced too high or not. All of this information is valuable and can help both buyers and sellers negotiate the best prices for homes.

Dianna Bentley
(208) 484-1182

Who’s ready for some trivia?


Let’s forget about market trends for a moment and enjoy some weird and wacky real estate tidbits instead…

Pretty Boy Floyd’s criminal exploits gained widespread press coverage in the 1930s. He was seen in a positive light by the public because it was believed that during robberies he burned mortgage documents, freeing many people from their debts. What a considerate gangster.

Back in 1976, a North Carolina couple paid $6,000 for one acre of land. Fast forward 34 years later to when Apple Inc. needed land to build a data server. The elderly couple sold their acre of land to the iconic hardware and software developer for a shocking $1.7 million!

For the most diehard Star Wars fans, head to Tunisia and rent Luke Skywalker’s childhood home for the night. Don’t forget to pack your light-saber!

Supreme Court Justices often find themselves working long hours and, like firefighters, they oftentimes spend complete days and nights at work. Because of this, the building provides many perks for the bleary-eyed justices, including sleeping quarters, study rooms, offices, and a workout facility. They even have a full-sized basketball court nicknamed the Highest Court in the Land.

In 2007, real estate magnate and hotelier Leona Helmsley left $12 million in her will to her dog, Trouble, making it the richest dog in the world, at that time. That’s lots of kibble!

Adolf Hitler once owned a Hollywood mansion in the Pacific Palisades. Even though he owned the home and the land, he never once stepped foot onto the sprawling estate.

Did you know that the Mall of America is owned by a Canadian real estate company?

Looking for a unique getaway and want to get your money’s worth? Consider renting an entire castle in France where, in some places, it costs less than renting a 2-bedroom apartment in Australia!

Think outside the box, I mean, planet. You can buy an acre of land on the moon for around $25 from Dennis Hope, a man who claims he owns it due to a loophole in the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty which says no country can own the moon.

There is a 1,100 year-old Bavarian town called Nördlingen that was built on top of a 15 million year-old meteor. The meteorite, which hit with an approximate speed of 43,500 mph, left the area littered with an estimated 72,000 tons of micro-diamonds.

I hope you enjoyed these!

Cindy Ritchie

Are you a successful buyer or seller in today’s real estate market?


While the majority of homes here in the Treasure Valley have continued to sell quickly and at
higher than list prices, interestingly, we have seen a few price reductions and longer days on
market then we were seeing in the spring of 2021.

What does this mean for someone wanting to buy or sell property here in the Treasure Valley?
For Seller’s our supply is still low, this means if you list your home within the market range and
follow your Agent’s advice for getting your home sold you will be successful in selling your

For Buyer’s this means that you must be diligent in your search for a new home, don’t let any
opportunity pass, watch the daily new listings, price changes and/or back on the market listings,
get out and view them! Try to at least do a drive by that way if you are happy with the location
you can view ASAP! Listen to your Agent’s advice, take advantage of the still historically low
mortgage rates available and you too will be successful in buying a home or investment
property in today’s crazy real estate market.

Cortie Noud

Statistically Speaking…


There’s no doubt the real estate market was in hyper drive for most of the first 3 quarters of the year, as well as much of 2020, but it has started to normalize a little bit here in the Treasure Valley. Quite honestly, I feel that we needed a slight reprieve in the craziness that ensued when our available home inventory dropped to record lows. I’m sure you’ll agree.
The good news is that we have over twice the number of homes available for sale in Ada County compared to this time last year (889 compared to just 409 last year – up 117% YOY), and in Canyon County there are almost 4 times the number of homes! (617 compared to just 160 last year – up almost 286% YOY) We’re certainly still way below what we are used to, but the demand is still pretty high. Additionally, builders are starting to see fewer supply chain shortages and delays, and interest rates continue to be near record lows.
Another good indicator of normalization is the upward trend of a listed homes days on the market. (DOM) The latest data shows that in October, the average DOM in Ada County was 21 days, up from 13 days last October. For a little perspective, the DOM in May 2021 was a mere 9 days, and as we all know, many homes barely lasted a day without getting multiple offers for over asking price. October 2019 saw the average DOM at 30 days, which is more representative of what we usually see in October historically.
Are prices going to come down any time soon? Only time will tell. Logic dictates that with more inventory, there will be downward pressure on the asking price – how much remains to be seen. Supply and demand are always the controlling factor. Remember, a strong real estate market reflects a strong economy, so it’s nice to see – growing pains and all.

Happy Holidays!

Terry Ivins

First Impressions


Did you know the first impression of your home starts with the landscaping?
Landscaping can seem daunting but it doesn't have to be. Here are a few simple ideas to get started.
1) Powerwash dirty surfaces such as your driveway, walkways, and the outside of the home if needed. You may be thinking, it's outside, what does it matter, but seeing stains on these surfaces makes one wonder what may be lurking inside the home.
2) Don't leave containers empty. Either remove them or add a little color with some inexpensive annuals. Having a few brightly colored flowers along with greenery in containers or in the flowerbeds makes the landscape pop.
3) Add mulch for a fresh look. Remember to neatly place the mulch, so it doesn't look like it was just thrown on, by removing excess covering walkways or foliage. This will give a feel that the home is always cared for and not just a quick sprucing to sell.
4) Be sure the grass and plants are getting enough water to be well fed but not over-watered. Not enough water or over-watering will cause the plants and grass to show signs of stress and cause the question of water or drainage issues.
5) And last, keep the weeds down. It is much easier to pull a weed or two each time you pass by the area rather than letting them get out of hand and end up spending hours trying to get caught up on the task.
Remember, it takes a little time after planting or applying mulch for it to look natural in its surroundings so, if possible, think ahead when adding curb appeal for selling, it can attract buyers and add value to your home. Curb appeal can mean something different to all of us depending on the season and region we are in but the idea is to keep it simple and neat. Curb appeal does not have to be an expensive or timely process so have fun with it.

Tia Dowdle

Investor Buyers and Competition in an evolving market.


Real estate markets still remain tight in many areas across the country and it’s not just homeowners who are buying them. The combination of record low interest rates, a nationwide housing shortage and a renewed interest in single family homes outside of Metro areas due to the pandemic continue to fuel a new wave of investor capital in American real estate.

Boise and other Treasure Valley communities have long been a tantalizing target for these types of purchasing entities, however never more so than what is currently being experienced. Recent data reflects that as many as one out of every five homes in Ada County is owned by someone other than a primary homeowner.

This local data seems to track well with national trends as evidenced by John Burns Real Estate Consulting. This statistic should provide an insight as to why certain market price points are more competitive and have become so difficult to navigate through in order to achieve a successful purchase.

If you are a First Time Buyer, Retiree or an Investor competing for properties in these market parameters you will be well served to align yourself with a local agent. Secure an agent that has an understanding of these ever changing dynamics and the experience to fully represent your “best interests” and your likelihood of realizing a successful transaction will be greatly improved.

Wishing you all the best this Season~

Steve Claridge

Real Estate Values


Remember Homes Change Value. They don’t have a fixed value forever. It is very possible to have a range of price over time.
During the current Inflationary Process expect to see some good deals, price fluctuations & many opinions as our Country continues on with uncertainty on so many topics! Timing & Weather will be a factor again until Spring 2022.
Who doesn't love a good deal? When you're considering buying something as significant as a house, every penny counts! I wanted to share some of my tips for finding a good deal in our current real estate market.

1. Don't overlook the ugly ducklings. Homes with cosmetic problems (like old carpeting or paint, poor landscaping, etc.) will often be priced lower than comparable homes that are "move-in ready". Luckily, these kinds of fixes can be relatively inexpensive to make, and in the end, can save you some money.

2. Stay open to distressed listings. Short sales and foreclosures are not as readily available as they were a few years ago, but they're still priced below market - sometimes by a significant amount. The process to buy one can be complicated, often requiring cash, but if you're interested in pursuing this option, I can help you navigate it and keep things moving along as smoothly as possible.

3. Consider widening your search area. Sometimes great deals are just outside the borders of where we'd ideally like to live, so even if you're 99% sold on living in a specific zip code or school district, I'd suggest widening your search just to see what else is available.

Do it Yourself Projects With the Best Return on Investment
When ready to sell their home, many clients ask what are the projects that have the best return on investment? While there are a number of projects to choose from, here are the top three that can boost your bottom line.

Kitchen Cabinets, Hardware and Faucets
When buyers tour a listing, they’re guaranteed to take a close look at the kitchen to see whether it will meet their needs, both functionally and aesthetically. Kitchen projects can be as simple as painting the cabinets, replacing the hardware, and installing a gorgeous faucet. You can also install all new cabinets or build an island, depending on your needs and skills.

Bathroom Updates
Updating your toilet or light fixtures are both much easier than you think. You can also add a fresh coat of paint and create an accent wall for a more modern look. Replacing the tile in your shower area can also go a long way in transforming the space.

Energy efficiency improvements
Many buyers now are concerned about their energy consumption. Depending on your skill set, these types of improvements can vary widely. If you’re able to do something like install new windows, that can go a long way in adding value to your home. Otherwise, installing smart thermostats or switching to LED light fixtures are more manageable.
Over my 15+ years as a Realtor and Investor in Idaho, I have seen our Real Estate market swing from one extreme to the other! You can rely on CHANGE being inevitable and like a pendulum, Real Estate markets never rest in one place.
Please let me know how I may help you and I will provide you with a smooth and efficient Real Estate Transaction.

Sue Kropf